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 Post subject: 1967 Ford Mustang Model Year Profile A Look Back at the Cla
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:43 am 
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In 1967, Ford's Mustang saw its first major redesign. For the first time since its launch, the car faced some serious competition. This resulted in Ford evaluating the Mustang's strengths and weaknesses. In addition to the Pontiac's Firebird, Mercury's Cougar, and Plymouth's Barracuda, Chevrolet had plans to roll out their new Chevy Camaro muscle car. This resulted in Ford duking it out with its competition by creating a more muscular and powerful Ford Mustang.
1967 Ford Mustang Production Stats
Standard Convertible: 38,751 units
Luxury Convertible: 4,848 units
Convertible w/Bench Seats: 1,209 units
Standard Coupe: 325,853 units
Luxury Coupe: 22,228 units
Coupe w/Bench Seats: 21,397 units
Standard Fastback: 53,651 units
Luxury Fastback: 17,391 units

Total Production: 472,121 units

Retail Prices:
$2,898 Standard Convertible
$2,461 Standard Coupe
$2,692 Standard Fastback
Ford Feels the Competition

Feeling pressure from their competition, Ford needed to make the Mustang more powerful so it could keep up with its competitors. The answer came in the form of a larger car. Although the wheelbase remained the same at 108 inches, the length of the vehicle was increased by two inches resulting in 183.6 inches from front to back. The car also featured a front-suspension track that was widened by 2.5 inches. The increased body size allowed Ford to put their first big-block engine in a Mustang. This optional 390-cubic-inch 6.4L V-8 motor was capable of producing an impressive 320 hp. As such, Ford was clearly able to keep up with the big dogs on the road. In fact, according to reports, the 390 cid equipped Mustang could achieve 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds with a top speed of 115 mph.
1967 Model-Year Highlights

Two Inches Longer and a 2.5-inch Increase in Front Track
Painted Side Scoops to Match Color of Car
Concave Rear with Larger Tail Lights
New 390-cubic-inch 6.4L V-8 Engine
Convertible Top with Two Glass Panes
Last Model Year with 289 Hi-Po Engine

New Features
Other notable changes to the 1967 Ford Mustang included side scoops that were painted to match the color of the car. In the past, the Mustang's side scoops were chrome plated in design. The new scoops more closely resembled real intakes than in previous model years.

The front end of the 1967 Ford Mustang was also different than in the past. Gone were the three gills that appeared next to the headlights on the 1965 and 1966 Mustang. The grille was also different, featuring vertical and horizontal bars that worked their way out from the galloping horse in all four directions. In addition, the opening to the grille was larger than in the past. This redesigned front end made for a muscular looking Mustang.
Concave Rear Replaces Convex
The rear of the 1967 Mustang was also noticeably different than in previous Mustang model years. For the first time the Mustang's rear tail lights were larger and concave in design. In the past the Mustang's rear had been convex and basic. As for the 2+2 Mustang fastback model, its roofline now ran all the way to the rear trunk lid. A special ribbed rear panel with chrome bezels could be ordered by fastback owners seeking a customized look. In all, the rear of the Mustang looked bulkier and more performance oriented. Additional options for the 1967 Mustang included a GT package that featured driving lamps, side stripes, and a dual exhaust. You could also order a hood with dual recesses as optional equipment.

As for the Convertible Mustang, it featured two glass panes which made up the rear window. Gone was the plastic convertible window of the past.
What Makes it a 1967

Of note, 1967 was the last year F-O-R-D block lettering appeared across the front edge of classic Mustangs. This feature would not return until 1974. It would also be the last Mustang to feature the 289 Hi-Po Engine . These tidbits of information might come in handy when working to distinguish a 1967 Ford Mustang from a 1968. Upon first glance, the two model years closely resemble each other.

In all, the 1967 Ford Mustang was considered by most an improvement over previous model years. It was more powerful, it featured an improved suspension system, and it had an aggressive appearance.

In fact, the "Eleanor" Mustang featured in the Nicolas Cage remake of Gone in 60 Seconds was modeled after a 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang. The 1967 GT500 featured a special 428 cubic inch V-8 engine which, with Shelby's engine mods, resulted in around 355 hp.

Ford offered a choice of five engine configurations in 1967:

Engine Code U: 200 cubic inch I-6 engine @ 120hp
Engine Code C: 289 cubic inch V-8 engine @ 200hp
Engine Code A: 289 cubic inch V-8 engine @ 225hp
Engine Code K: 289 cubic inch V-8 engine @ 271hp
Engine Code S: 390 cubic inch V-8 engine @ 320 hp

Vehicle Identification Number Decoder
Example VIN #7FO1C100001

7=Last digit of Model Year (1967)
F=Assembly Plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)
01=Body Code For Coupe (02-fastback, 03-convertible)
C=Engine Code
100001=Consecutive unit number
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 Post subject: Re: 1967 Ford Mustang Model Year Profile A Look Back at the
PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:43 pm 
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For a minute there Paul I thought that I was reading one of my History Reports on the Mustang! LOL! :banana:

You are correct in listing the reasons that Ford needed to redesign the 1967 Mustang. For the first 2 1/2 years the Mustang had no direct challengers except the Plymouth Barracuda, which for all intents and purposes was never a serious competitor.

But with two years to build a new car GM wanted to trump the Mustang by designing its 1967 Chevy Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird to accept every engine option GM offered. So you could buy a base model with a straight 6 or a small block V8 right up to a big block 396 CID for the Camaro or a 400 CID for the Firebird.

It was this intense competition that determined the course of the Pony throughout the 60's & 70's.

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